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Moyne Road / Bellevue Housing Estate Seeking Legal Advice Over Access Rights

The Templemore – Thurles Municipal District is one of five regions within the county of Tipperary, all governed by Tipperary Co. Council, with the other 4 being; Clonmel Borough District, Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District, Cashel-Tipperary Municipal District and Nenagh Municipal District.

The Templemore – Thurles Municipal District representatives are made up of 9 councillors, with Thurles District represented by Mr David Doran [Mobile:086 8901599], Mr Seamus Hanafin [Mobile: 087-2614000], Mr John Hogan [Mobile: 086-2314067], Mr Micheál Lowry [Mobile: 087-2897585], Mr Jim Ryan [Mobile: 086-2397376] and Mr Sean Ryan [Mobile: 087-4581455].

Templemore area is represented by Mr Joe Bourke [Mobile: 086-8386376], Mr Eddie Moran [Mobile:086 2484363], and Mr Michael Smith [Mobile: 086-8525634](Note all mobile phone numbers are available in the public domain.)

Tipperary County Council Mission Statement:
Tipperary County Council and all the elected public representatives, within this Templemore – Thurles Municipal District, claim to hold fast to certain key words which they claim underpins their values; namely:- ‘Responsiveness’, ‘Fairness, ‘Co-Operation’, ‘Quality’, ‘Accountability’, ‘Leadership’, ‘Competency’, ‘Efficiency’, ‘Communication’, ‘Teamwork’, ‘Partnership’ and finally ‘Collaboration’.

However; since May last of this current year, (2018) one other word must surely be added to their Mission Statement – the noun, ‘Dictatorship’.

Going – Going – Gone — The Unwarranted Removal of a Communities Right-of-Way.

Tipperary County Council under the leadership of Mr Joe MacGrath (Chief Executive), through its Community and Economic Development Section, maintain they continually strive to “provide a place where its people can enjoy a great quality of life”.

The promises of a ‘Quality of life for people’‘Fairness’, ‘Co-Operation’, ‘Communication’, ‘Teamwork’, ‘Partnership’ and ‘Collaboration’, simply vanished out the window at 7.30am this morning (Saturday 17th. 2018), for the residents of the Moyne Road/Bellevue housing estates, when a team of builders moved in to hurriedly ‘slap up’ a thick cement block wall, thus removing a right of way, used by residents and others living in the area, who had enjoyed easy access for over the past 40 years.

The local residents had earlier sought funding to improve steps leading up into the estate from this ‘right of way’, but District Director Mr Matt Shortt [Telephone (Work): +353 (0)761 06 5000], (Director of Services, Director of Roads, Transportation and Health and Safety, for Templemore / Thurles Municipal Council.) had other ideas and made a decision to block all future access via this right of way, proving, not for the first time, that our 9 local elected Councillors remain powerless in any decision making process, within this said / same Municipal District.

The justification for this decision by Mr Shortt remains presently clouded. However, we understand that same decision may have something to do with health and safety.  Certainly, the line of sight for pedestrians crossing this roadway should have been improved years ago, however a barrier had been installed forcing those on foot to ensure they were given a clear vision of oncoming traffic from the Moyne direction. Indeed, this barrier could have been even further extended and a pedestrian crossing introduced, to solve this issue; thus forcing motorists to be more cautious.

Chairperson of the award winning Moyne Road/Bellevue housing estate now affected, Mr Thomas (Tommy) Barrett and his Estate Committee are extremely annoyed at the Co. Council and Mr Shortt’s decision and the dictatorial manner with which this matter was concluded.  Moyne Road/Bellevue housing estate believe that, with further debate, this issue could have been solved /resolved, retaining the right of way for all of its residents. No accidents had happened previously in this area over the past 40 years and while young people from this area, will continue to climb over Mr Shortt’s newest obstruction; elderly estate dwellers must now walk a considerably longer route to get to their once nearby local shops.

A winner of the Thurles Credit Union 2011 ‘Person of the Year Award’ and a Youth Garda Recognition Award for his services to his community in 2016; Mr Barrett and his committee are now seeking legal advice, in an effort to retain this right of way for their residents.

Local Elections:
Meanwhile, Local Elections are being held in May 2019 and the deadline for voter registration is November 25th, 2018.  In order to be eligible to vote, your name needs to be added to the Electoral Register, but do remember despite what elected representatives tell you, they themselves have currently no decisive power whatsoever, which begs two questions, “Why should we bother to vote at all?” and “Are Councillors, with no real power to make local decisions, really a waste of money in today’s local communities?”  To quote acting Councillor Mr Jim Ryan on Mr Barrett’s facebook page;  “Tommy it’s a disgrace. Despite huge objections to this the Council wouldn’t listen. I will continue working with you Tommy and the residents of Moyne Road in trying to get this overturned. There are plenty of other more important things in Thurles the Council should be concerned with, rather than an opening that has never caused any trouble in the past”[Indeed, the potholes on Slievenamon Road, Thurles, daily dodged by motorists for the past 12 months, certainly bear testament to Mr Ryan’s final remark and Tipperary Co. Council and District Director Mr Shortt’s neglect of our town.]

On the positive side, this new wall will no doubt in the near future, should it remain, become the latest canvas for our local budding untalented graffiti artists.

Perhaps those affected could now make telephone contact with all the above-named local Councillors, in an effort to get this matter sorted, outside of court action, latter most certainly coming down the line.

Perhaps the time has come for a #march4Thurles, before we are further left behind. Remember the launch, the free dinners, and “Tipperary – The Place – The Time”, – God Help Us.


Drug Respreeza – “Duty Of Finance Won Over Duty Of Care”

The drug ‘Respreeza’ used to treat Alpha 1 antitripsan deficiency; in those who have developed emphysema; according to the HSE and CSL Behring, is to be made available once again and will be guaranteed indefinitely to the 19 Irish people, latter currently battling with this rare disorder.

For almost three years patients have had to live with uncertainty with regard to the supply of Respreeza, latter which had given them a much improved quality of life for the previous 11 years.

Alas, the reintroduction of this drug by the HSE comes to late for Nenagh, Co Tipperary native Marion Kelly, one of two people who passed away on December 1st last year; shortly after the trial of this potentially life-saving medication was withdrawn.

Marion, aged just 53 year, a mother and grandmother, was one of 21 patients countrywide who had taken part in the Respreeza trial for this rare lung and liver disorder.

The death of Marion, came just a fortnight after she had made a desperate plea for help on social media, telling of her fears for her future existence after the government and the HSE had decided to remove the Respreeza drug from dependant patients.

There still remains a massive question mark over why six months free supply of the drug was kept in storage in Dublin, with the HSE refusing to administer it at a cost of €6,000.

The drug is understood to have been withdrawn by the HSE, following advice from the National Centre of Pharmacoeconomics, latter who decided it did not “represent value for money”, thus refusing to reimburse the drug company’s annual €80,000 invoice.

To put this drug withdrawal exercise into full context; the Government spent over €505,911 travelling to the recent Offaly Ploughing Championships;  transporting nine ­ministers, 50 agencies, one Taoiseach and some 370 civil servants, over a four day period; each to pay token homage to a forgotten rural Ireland.


Will New Public Health Alcohol Bill Close Two Dáil Éireann Bars ?

“We have turned the tide of public opinion; it was once a glory for men to boast of what they drank; we have turned that false glory into shame”.

Quote by Fr. Theobald Mathew (Apostle of Temperance 1790-1856) and Minority Fine Gael Government (2018)

Dáil Éireann Bar During Normal Office Hours

The two Bars in Dáil Éireann (one ‘Member’s Bar’ and one Visitors Bar’ and as Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘The Ballad of East and West’, suggests “never the twain shall meet”), are now expected to close following the new sections of the Public Health Alcohol Bill, which will come into operation next Monday.

Same Bill bans Alcohol advertising near schools or play areas, together with new separation rules for the hiding of alcohol products behind delivery pallets, out of the public view, while stocked in Irish retail outlets.

This Public Health Alcohol Bill recently passed through the Dáil, and represents 1,000 days of “Sweat of the brow” effort, hard work and uncivilised debate, undertaken by our glorious elected public representatives.

In mixed retail units, this public health legislation described as “ground-breaking measures” will now force same retail units selling alcohol, to erect barriers hiding their total lawfully held retail products.

The new measures now coming into law will include the prohibition of:-

  1. Alcohol advertising in public service vehicles, at public transport stops or stations and within 200 metres of a school, crèche, or local authority playgrounds.
  2. Alcohol advertising in cinemas except around films with an 18 classification or in a licensed premise in a cinema.
  3. Alcohol advertising in sports areas during events aimed at children.
  4. Children’s clothing which promotes alcohol.

Store owners who fail to comply with these new advertising regulations could face fines of up to €2,000.

Health Minister Simon Harris is in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary today to avail of a photo opportunity promoting Fine Gael, while officially opening the UL Hospitals Cataract Centre, situated at Nenagh Hospital. Mr Harris claims that this crackdown on advertising and display areas in shops, will ultimately help protect people’s health, and Mummy and Daddy will, in future, no longer return home on Friday nights ‘piss arsed’, to be observed close-up and personal by their adoring teenage children.

Items such as Whiskey Cake; Butter Scotch Ice Cream; Irish Coffee and Guinness Stew will, no doubt, be removed from restaurant menus, and ingredients detailed in such recipes, will be erased from the Internet.

We learn that separate new minimum unit pricing rules for alcohol together with other regulations to allow for cancer warnings on alcohol products, are expected to be brought before government in the coming months.

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Mr Leo Varadkar is asking politicians who have not settled their tab at the Dáil bar, that they should do so immediately or else have it deducted from their salary or pension. Some bar bills, know to equal at least €765.23, are outstanding since the year 2000.

Fine Gael Closing Two Dáil Bars

To Health Minister Mr Simon Harris and his Fine Gael Cabinet – Sirs, please keep in mind the words of the American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, “If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.”


Two Armistice Day Associated Events Happening Here In Thurles

A Soldier Died Today

by A. Lawrence Vaincourt.

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And tho’ sometimes, to his neighbours, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won’t note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

It’s so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honour while he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

Two Armistice Day Associated Events will be happening here in Thurles over the coming week.

Event No. (1):

For just 1 night only, War Dead Databases will be available for viewing and consultation by the public in The Old Abbey Inn, Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Friday 9th November, 2018, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Admission to this event will be free.

So, if you have had a relative killed in the Great War, he or she will be recorded in these databases. Same are the most comprehensive roll of WW1 Irish casualties in the World and include 26,000 photographs of serving personnel published in the 26 county newspapers of the period. They cover all the casualties and include over 10,000 that are not listed in Ireland’s Memorial Records.

If you have an item from the war, e.g. medals, uniforms or equipment, do bring them along, where they will be identified.

These War Dead Databases were used to compile 31 WW1 books, including the “Tipperary War Dead” and the “26 County Casualties of the Great War”, and have been kept in Camden Fort Meagher in Crosshaven, Co. Cork. They can be searched by ‘Place’, ‘Name’, ‘Unit’, ‘Date of death’, ‘Burial place’ or ‘Memorial’ and cover all the Allied Armies, Navies, and Air Forces, in the U.S., Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada.

Any voluntary donations to this latter event, on the night, will go to the Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre, situated here in Thurles.

Event No. (2):

“A Nations Tribute” will take place across the world, when pipers from various countries will play the tune, ‘The Battle’s Oer’ at 6.00am on November 11th, 2018; commemorating 100 years since the signing of the Treaty, which ended the Great War.

On Nov. 11th. 2018 (Armistice Day), here in Thurles, Piper John Moloughney together with pipers from the Sean Treacy Pipe Band, representing Moycarkey & Borris, Co. Tipperary, will play at a monument dedicated to John Cunningham, V.C. at his birthplace (Born 28th of October 1890) in Stradavoher, (Hull Street), Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Educated at the Christian Brothers School, (CBS) Thurles, John, before the war, was employed as a farm labourer. John went to France on 19th December 1914, becoming a Corporal in the 2nd. Battalion, the Prince of Wales Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians).

On 12th April 1917, at Bois-en-Hache, France, he was in command of a Lewis Gun section on the most exposed flank of the attack. His section came under heavy enfilade fire and suffered severely. Although wounded he succeeded almost alone in reaching his objective with his gun, which he got into action in spite of much opposition. When counter-attacked by a party of some twenty of the enemy, he exhausted his ammunition against them, before standing in full view to throw bombs. He was again wounded and fell, but he picked himself up and continued to fight single-handed with the enemy until his bombs were exhausted. He then made his way back to his lines with a fractured arm and other wounds. Corporal Cunningham died 4 days later in hospital at Barlin from the effects of his wounds, on 16th of April 1917.

He is buried at Berlin Cemetery, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 39 near Nouex Les -Mines. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for Bravery in action. There is a tablet bearing his name in St. Mary’s cemetery, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

His brother, Pakie (Patrick) Cunningham is also buried in St. Mary’s Churchyard, Thurles. He also died at home on 4th. June 1915, from wounds received in France. He was a Lance Corporal in the 1st. Leinster Regiment.

Piper John and his companions now intend to play at John & Pakie Cunningham’s birthplace at 6.00am on the morning of November 11th. 2018 and in St. Mary’s Churchyard at 11.00am on the same date.


Templemore Flood Relief Scheme Update

Progress Report On Templemore Flood Relief Scheme – Michael Lowry T.D.

Independent Deputy Mr Michael Lowry has today confirmed that “further to a number of meetings with Minister Boxer Moran concerning my desire to ensure that the Templemore Flood Relief Scheme is advanced as quickly as possible I have been informed by the Office of Public Works (OPW) that the main scheme is progressing. Also an engineering solution has been identified and agreed with the engineering staff of Tipperary County Council, to resolve the flooding problems at Blackcastle Road and Priory Demesne which have had a huge negative impact on residents of that area”.

Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry

Deputy Lowry stated:
• The Templemore flood relief scheme commenced construction in June 2017, being carried out directly by OPW staff, with specialist contractors engaged as necessary.

• The OPW have 10 directly employed staff committed to the scheme, active on 5 different sites across Templemore. If necessary an additional crew will be assigned to the site to keep within the completion time scale.

• Work has been progressing in several areas of Templemore, with 3 field bridges now complete, and 2 further bridges under construction.

• Over 130m of new channel has been excavated, with 320m of existing river downstream from the town having been widened.

• A structure on the Richmond road has been demolished successfully, and works on utilities diversions are also ongoing.

• OPW staff have been in ongoing discussions with landowners in the area, as well as with concerned bodies such as Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the local angling club.

• It is envisaged that, barring significant delays, works should be completed towards the end of 2019.

Deputy Lowry stated that he is very grateful for the support of Minister Boxer Moran and the commitment of the OPW to this project. “I am satisfied that all of the disappointments and setbacks of the past have been overcome with this scheme coming to fruition next year”, Deputy Lowry concluded.